Cool and funky as Silver Lake is, it's never been a major hot-spot for serious nightlifers. Especially that stretch of Hyperion near the Trader Joe's, which is mostly takeout restaurants, grocery stores and what used to be Zen Sushi. That's about to change with Barbarella Bar, which will set down her giant-size roots in Zen's old space this January 2009.
The Name: Yes, it's a direct reference to the '68 cult flick that made a gigantor, sex-crazed Jane Fonda "Queen of the Galaxy." Waitresses will look similar, though hopefully normal human size.
The Space: Think you can bust a move with 4,300 square feet of elbow room? Lounge, restaurant and dance floor mean there's plenty to keep you occupied all night. Sipping Barbarella Cosmos while perched on plush stools at the 60-foot wooden bar is plenty entertaining enough.
The Food: Organically influenced large and small plates include vegan and vegetarian choices. For the meat fiends, let's hope the Barbarella Burger (Angus beef, blue cheese) is as gargantuan as its namesake.
The Drink: Eastsiders who scoff at westside prices will be happy. The extensive wine list is affordable and includes trendy half-bottle options. More than 24 international microbrew beers already have us licking our lips.
DJs will spin, and oh yes, there will be happy hour. Will it be too cool for picky Silver Lakers? Stay tuned for more details and photos when it opens in January.
2609 N. Hyperion Avenue